Tom Hoge would probably love himself some Tom Hoge.
As we hunt for a sleeper for this week’s U.S. Open, you could do worse than the 33-year-old. He won this year, at Pebble Beach, no less. He made the cut at the Masters and top-10’d at the PGA. Hoge’s also a respectable 36th this season in Strokes Gained: Total. All good things. And at 150-1 over at BetMGM, he’s good value.
But we may not have to tell Hoge that.
“We all know you like to flip cards and roll some dice,” co-host Drew Stoltz said on last week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar. “How far does a casino have to be away from your hotel for you to be like, ‘No, it’s too far.’”
“Probably a few hours,” Hoge said. “I would say I’ve been known to do [that] in my past.”
A sleeper and someone who knows when to double down. Take our money now! But should you need to consider other underdogs, we have you covered there, too, no pun intended. Below, our staff each made a long-shot bet using odds from BetMGM to assist you with your own weekly picks, whether those are for a low-stakes office fantasy league, or (legal!) big-bucks bets with a sportsbook. (And if you’re looking to place any of these bets yourself, we teamed with BetMGM, and the online sports book is offering a new promotion: Make a risk-free bet up to $1,000. Sign up for an account to get into the action today.)
On to the picks.
Staff sleeper picks for the U.S. Open
Sleeper pick: Seamus Power, +10,000. Power has had some very strong finishes this year, including a top 10 at the recent PGA Championship. He’s in the top 10 on tour for greens in regulation, and at 100-1, offers some great odds for a top 50 player in the world.
Sleeper pick: Seamus Power, +10,000: I’m with Barath. Seamus Power is primed to become the next breakout major winner from the Emerald Isle. No real weaknesses, and hits a ton of greens (9th on Tour). Mark it on a Post-It: He will win a major someday.
Sleeper pick: Keegan Bradley, +10,000. Home game! That has to count for something, plus, he’s had a pretty solid season this year. A good putting week will get him in the mix.
Sleeper pick: Richard Bland, +50,000. It would be inarguably funny — in a deeply morbid way — if someone from the highly controversial new tour found himself winning the national championship. It would be even funnier if that person was Richard Bland, whose career to this point is defined by being golf’s most anonymous pro.
Sleeper pick: Keegan Bradley, +10,000. Home-game model off the charts. Having a way better season than you think. Get ready for the C’mon KEEGS cheers to rattle around the Brookline pines.
Sleeper pick: Harold Varner III, +10,000. Varner, like my pick to win, Matthew Fitzpatrick, is a player on a serious upswing: three top 10s this season, including a T6 at the Players Championship. And a solid T13 at last week’s Canadian Open. A big-time breakout seems imminent.
Sleeper pick: Travis Vick, +100,000. Hook ’em Horns, baby.
Sleeper pick: Tom Hoge, +15,000. He made the cut at the Masters and top-10’d at the PGA. Hoge’s also a respectable 36th this season in Strokes Gained: Total. That works for me this week.
Sleeper pick: Phil Mickelson, +15,000. Do I really think Phil’s going to win? Not really. But I said the same thing prior to last year’s PGA Championship. I’m rooting to see the mayhem that would ensue if Phil were to win the one major that has eluded him throughout his career amid all of this LIV Golf controversy. Few athletes create chaos for themselves like Phil, and this would take it to a new level.
Sleeper pick: Davis Riley, +10,000. Anyone who has watched Riley this season knows that the guy is no longer a sleeper. But somehow, Vegas still has him listed as one.
Sleeper pick: Phil Mickelson +15,000: If the golf gods have a sense of humor, they’ll make this happen. Even an in-contention Phil would be delicious.
Sleeper pick: Brian Harman +15,000. This grinder is a great bet whenever the golf is tough.